26 September 2015, New York
Genuine and durable South-South partnerships will play a crucial role in advancing our core interests, and in realising the sustainable development goals said Minister Dunya while speaking at the High Level Round Table on South-South Cooperation held in New York yesterday. Minister Dunya stated that with the 2030 Agenda, the need for South-South cooperation has only grown stronger. More than ever, there is greater need for the developing world to collaborate and cooperate on all matters of development. Minister Dunya highlighted that the innovations, creativity and ingenuity that already exists in the South, must be put to good use.
Minister Dunya also spoke about the specific challenges Maldives is facing in terms of access to development financing, as a recent graduate of the Least Developed Country group, and as a Small Island Developing State. She spoke of the need to address the way development is measured, as well as how Middle Income Countries face many challenges in accessing concessional financing to sustain the development gains made. In this regard, the Minister noted the important role partnerships between developing countries can make in consolidating development gains of newly graduated middle income countries.
Continuing with her statement, Minister Dunya further stated that ‘We are fortunate to have very strong bilateral relationships with economic powers in the South, most important among them, China and Saudi Arabia. They understand the challenges we face and the potentials we have. The infrastructure development programmes carried out in the Maldives under Chinese and Saudi concessional financing stand as a shining example of South-South cooperation, said Minister Dunya.
Maldives along with 18 countries and 7 UN agencies and multilateral organization participated at the High Level Roundtable which was co-hosted by His Excellency Xi JinPing, President of the People’s Republic of China, and His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations.